Unesco Green Citizens

Wadi Degla Virtual Museum

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Project begin: 07/07/2018

Can a virtual reality headset bring us closer to nature? The answer is a resounding yes for this mobile volunteer-run museum that promotes and protects the biodiversity of Egypt’s Wadi Degla Protectorate.

Leading organisation: Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE)
The country where the team is based: Egypt
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development
Sub-themes: Cities, Climate change, Knowledge sharing, Sustainable lifestyles, Sustainable lifestyles
Tag: #Africa
Selection: 2020/2021
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Egypt’s Wadi Degla Protected Area is under threat from urbanisation. To raise awareness, a group of citizens with support from NGO Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE) decided to use Virtual Reality to take the beautiful dunes of this Natural Heritage Site to the entire population and reach a wider audience.

Virtual Reality at the service of biodiversity  

As part of the NGO’s environmental education programme, this mobile museum comprises three 360° videos unveiling the geological history of Wadi Degla, its biodiversity and nature-friendly activities. These VR experiences are complemented by conferences and other educational materials. With sliding prices based on the recipient’s ability to pay, the project wants to share the beauty of this fascinating site with all, while also ensuring its long-term survival.

A community project to protect natural heritage  

Committed to preserving their natural heritage, volunteers have embraced the project sharing it with their loved ones and communities – thus increasing awareness and fostering wider discussions. The NGO also reaches out to marginalised communities to include them in this project.

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